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ERIC Number: ED101388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Pages: 14
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A Critique of the Alternative-Justification Affirmative Case.
Morello, John T.
This paper focuses on the alternative-justification approach to debate, seeks to explore some of the objections to this approach, and considers several of the basic assumptions made by its supporters. The alternative-justification theory of debate is based on the assumption that any given question under debate has a number of affirmative plans and separate justifications. By contrast, a basic historical tenet of intercollegiate debate is that since any issue has two sides, the most effective decision making occurs after both positions are stated, argued, and evaluated. Following a statement and a discussion of each of the six assumptions on which the alternative-justification approach is based, it is concluded that academic debate theory should change but that analytical weaknesses in the alternative-justification case do not justify its addition to debate theory. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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